Hero Arts October 2018 My Monthly Hero Kit & Add Ons Card Ideas (Tall & Skinny Christmas Cards)

Hero Arts October 2018 My Monthly Hero Kit & Add Ons Card Ideas (Tall & Skinny Christmas Cards)


Hello guys and welcome back to my channel,
today we are making tall & skinny Christmas cards using clear stamps, coordinating dies
and copic markers. Hi everyone I’m Yana Smakula and I’m hoping
you’ll love this video. Now why tall and skinny cards specifically?
Because Why not? I’ve never really done non traditional card sizes much, I did like
2 tall cards this Summer for the first time ever and I loved playing with that new size,
you know it’s different, I have more room, more real estate for my ideas, I have space
to try new ideas or re-invent my old cardmaking sketches and ideas. So I decided I’d make
a couple tall and skinny Christmas cards to share in this video. Now, you will have to either go and see what
size envelopes you have before you make these tall & skinny cards to make sure you do have
an envelope to put this card in, or you can be like me and just go with whatever size feels
right and simply make the envelope yourself later using an envelope punch board or another
envelope making tool. The cards that I am making today all showcase
the brand new Hero Arts My Monthly Hero October 2018 kit and of course some of the
fabulous add ons. You can see that stamp set and dies from the kit on the screen right
now. I feel like I’ve made a ton of Christmas
cards already, and I even have some that I haven’t shared yet and some of you are probably
wondering why the heck do I need that many. Well, I don’t, I don’t need that many.
I make them because I want to. I make them because it’s my way to relax, to get away
from cleaning the apartment or working or everyday problems. It’s my therapy, so while
I might not need to make this many Christmas or cards in general I make them because making them makes me happy. And if making handmade cards makes you happy – you go ahead and make a bunch. So all of my cards today feature a scene.
I decided I’d with winter sky in the top portion of my card and snowy hills in the
bottom portion. Here I’ve already heat embossed a snowflake
background in white embossing powder on light blue cardstock and I used one of the background
stamps that is an add on this month. There’s two background stamps with gorgeous snowflakes
and I do use both of them. I’ve also picked the images I wanted to
use and arranged them to create a scene on my card. I’m going to go ahead and stamp
all of those images on white cardstock in alcohol marker friendly ink, I am using my
mini MISTI today as these are brand new stamps and I want to make sure I get perfect stamping. I will be coloring all of these using Copic
markers and my thing is to use a few colors, a few shades if possible. I’m not a certified
Copic instructor, I just color with Copics because it’s fun and, fo me, it’s
quick way to color. So now I’m also stamping the ice skating
rink on one of my snowy hills and I’ll go ahead and color that directly on the hill,
there’s no need to cut it out and adhere on the card, I can just stamp it right there. I’m also stamping a Merry Christmas sentiment
on the bottom hill and I’m using black ink here. So this card for most part, except for the
that white embossed background is created using the Kit contents only. I always try
to create and share at least one card using things that come just in the kit so that if
you want to re-create my cards you juts need to get the kit. And The kit actually has some
snowflakes stamps that you can use to heat emboss a similar background, it will just
take you longer as you’ll need to do more stamping to fill the entire background. But
totally doable. I’ve moved onto coloring here I am using
G99, G94 and YG03 colors to color the Christmas tree. I am coloring it with the light source
in mind. I want to have a street light or a lamp port to the left of the tree so the
right hand side of the tree is going to be the darkest and the left hand side – the lightest. This is the only tree or the only card where
I take the light source into consideration, the other trees and other images on my other
cards are all colored without taking the light source into consideration. Taking a light
source into consideration is not that hard, it just takes a little pre planning before
you color. So here I’ve cut these images out and I’m
actually showing how the lamp post, once colored and lit will affect the shading on the tree.
It will illuminate the left hand side of this image. My coloring is done, I didn’t show you how
I colored the rest of the images as that really was super simple, I have all Copic marker
numbers listed below and in my blog post and I’ve already assembles the card front. I
adhered that white heat embossed snowflake background and I added my snowy hills on top. I’m going to use foam adhesive and glue
to adhere everything in place, i’m just playing with the image placement here for
a bit to make sure I’m happy with how everything is situated on the card. I was planning to have the bend next to the
lamp post so it was also colored with the light source in mind, but I placed it in a
different spot. I should have fixed the coloring and shading on it, but I think it looked just
fine like that. With everything being so white I added some
shadows under the die cuts and I used a W3 and W1 markers to do that. IT just helps to
ground these elements and it looks more natural this way. I also used these gorgeous sequins from Hero
Arts – I added 3 snowflakes onto my card and I loved this look! So here’s a completed card, you can see
all of the coloring and the snowflakes. I also used a white pen and I added snow onto
the Christmas tree. I don’t have any fake snow products in my stash, but I really wanted
to add snow onto the tree, so I just drew it with a white pen. Okay, guys! Moving on! The next cards will
all combine the kit and some of the add ons that are available from Hero Arts. Here I already white heat embossed a few additional
background and I die cut the snow hills for these cards and now i’m just planning my
sentiments. I love this set with the sentiment – the Love, Joy and Peace, I loved the font,
I loved the size, it’s like this set was made for me. I know I will be using it a lot
in the future this year and also in the years to come, it’s just like a collectible stamp
set to me. Next, I went ahead and added some ink blending
onto my white embossed backgrounds. I heat embossed them on colored cardstock, and on
different colors too and I did it for a reason I did that because I wanted to add ink blending to create a night sky. You can
heat emboss on white and ink blend everything, I like to cheat by heat embossing on colored
cardstock and doing much less ink blending. When I heat emboss on light blue like I did
here I just had to blend medium blue and dark blue to have a pretty ombre background. But
if I were to heat emboss on white I’d have to start blending with that base color and
that would take more time and I’m all about being as efficient with my time as possible. So here I blended Pool and Navy inks to create
that night sky kind of background. I also sprayed with the iridescent shimmer mist,
I love this product, I’ve been using it for a long time now and it rocks, it adds
fabulous shimmer and it’s just fantastic. So I’ve already stamped, colored, and cut
out the images for this card and now i’m just making a card base using white cardstock.
And i’m going to make this one 4” wide by I’m not yet sure how tall, but I am staring
by folding an entire letter sheet in half to create a cardbase for this card. Going to adhere the sky first, and before
I adhere the hills I need to finish my stamping – I’m going to stamp the sentiment directly
onto one of the hills. You can see that I have washi tape sticking from the back of my die cut
hills, I use it to keep my hill cluster together while I assemble and plan my scene, it’s
super helpful this way. I’m using Navy ink to stamp sentient, since
my sky is so deep blue I figured I didn’t want to stamp it in black so I went with navy. I went adhere and adhered my hills on the
card base and I used foam adhesive for the last hill to pop it up. This card is so tall
it doesn’t even fit in my video frame. And you will see me later zoom out little bit and you will be able to see my messy desk from all of this cardmaking. Next, I’m just going to foam mount everything
in place and call this card done. I wasn’t sure where to add bench here, so
I decided to cut into 2 pieces to make it look like I have 2 benches and adhere one
next to the tree on the right hand side of the card and other one next to the sentiment
on the left hand side of the card. I also made yet another tall and skinny card
with even darker sky this time and I went with a different sentiment, this reads – the
Simple Moments Bring You Joy, and I white heat embossed Bring You on red cardstockm and I
foam mounted that over the sentiment to add a pop of red here. This sentiment comes from
yet another add on stamp set that’s available from Hero Arts. So here’s a look at all 3 cards I made so
far – all of these are much taller than usual A2 card, they measure 4 1/4 x 8”, thats
the first one that I made, 4” x 10” tall – that’s the one with Joy to The World sentiment
and 3 3/4 x 10” tall, that’s the one that I just showed you. My last card idea for today features another
simple scene and a ton of heat embossing to create a night sky. Here’ I’m starting by heat embossing the
word Peace in white embossing powder on a panel that’s cut to 3 1/2 x 8 1/2”/. I
will add “on Earth” part of the sentiment white embossed on red cardstock and I’ll
trim that into a strip and will foam mont once my card is done. Next I want to do some scene pre-planning
and i’m going to stamp a few images to map out their placement on the card. I will foam
mount identical images on top, so there are just like a sketch here I only need them bececuase
I want to heat emboss little garlands going from the lamp posts and I need to see where
the lamp posts are to have the right spacing and placement on my card. I’m heat embossing
these in white and I’ll be blending a ton of ink over these so while you can’t see
them now, you will see them once the card is done. Here I am starring with a white panel and
not a colored panel because I want the bottom of my panel, the section under the bench to
be white to look like snow. Next, I’m going to work on my snowflake
background by heat embossed a bunch of snowflakes from another stamp set that is an add on this
month. This set is like a layering snowflake kind of set, or build your own snowflake.
And the idea is to stamp different snowflake layers in different colors of ink so for example
you have a blue snowflake stamped in blue and light blue. I am only using white embossing
powder here because I want these on a dark blue background, but you can totally stamp
these in different ink colors on a white background. I went with 3 large, 4 medium and 5 small
snowflakes for this background, I didn’t layer all of the, some of them looked beautiful
and complete as is, with only 1 layer. Now I first ink blended the background to
be able to better see and better tell if or which snowflakes here needed that that 2nd
layer. I used 3 colors of ink here – starting with soft sky, next I used pool and finally
navy once again to have that beautiful blue winter sky. I also sprayed this with the iridescent shimmer spray to add some sparkle to the background Now while I was ink blending I knew I’d
need to add some yellow to the background where lamp posts were going to be, but I didn’t
want to blend yellow ink with an ink blending tool because it would have been too big of
a blob. So I decided I would use a yellow pencil instead and color over the ink blending.
I used my Polychromes pencils and just colored a loose circle over the lamp post. I kind
of need to get better at this, maybe next time I’ll take a dive and try to ink blending
and will hope I will not mess up the background, with the pencil it was much more confident
I had much more control. I kind of new what result I could expect so I didn’t worry too much about ruining the background. So here I went ahead and added those 2nd layers
to some of the snowflakes and heat set that. I foam mounted the background onto a card
base and next I started foam mounting everything else in place – the little red sentiment strip,
the bench and the street lights. I also added a little mistetoe over the bench just to connect
those two garland images together. So this is it! All 4 of my tall and skinny
Christmas cards are done! Be sure to visit my blog for a full list of
supplies used to make these cards and join the Hero Arts blog hop for loads of additional
inspiration. Thank you so much for watching, if you have
any questions, please leave them in the comments section below and be sure to subscrite to
my youtube channel if you haven’t yet done so, check the bell icon on the homepage of
my channel to be notified every time I share a new video or post on my community page. Thanks for watching! I’ll see you next time! And now I am off to make more Christmas card. Because that’s what I love to do.

63 thoughts on “Hero Arts October 2018 My Monthly Hero Kit & Add Ons Card Ideas (Tall & Skinny Christmas Cards)

  1. They are just fabulous, Yana ! Love the beautiful winter scenes you've made on your tall and skinny cards. They look so real. Thanks so much for the gorgeous inspiration !

  2. Great cards, Yana! I actually prefer a larger card sizes. My Mom has glaucoma so small cards just will not work for her. Thanks for your ideas! This is another great set from Hero Arts and I do not want to miss this October kit like last year!

  3. Wow, what a FANTASTIC Christmas card kit (can't wait to get mine)…way to go HA! And Yana, you 'nailed it'! Love the different sized cards….TFS!

  4. Love this set…almost as awesome as last years October set. I almost forgot today was 1st Monday so thanks for reminding me run over and order mine! These beautiful cards you’ve created have me anxiously awaiting my set!!!

  5. Such a great video, Yana, first time viewer! Love your pointers on shadows and coloring. Beautiful cards. ❄️❄️❄️

  6. They all look wonderful! Love the various sizes of cards. I generally make 5×7 cards because the smaller cards just don't feel right in my hands. I have made a few long cards just depends on how much I want to put into a scene. The more the merrier, lol.

  7. These came out so pretty! I always love watching you work and all the little details you add that really make the cards a piece of art. Thanks for sharing and always inspiring.

  8. Oh so cute! 😍 Do these tall cards (DL 4x8inch) require extra postage? How many Forever US stamps are required for posting within the US?

  9. Whoa all of these cards are amazing. I love tall and skinny cards. I need to make more of them this year. I just ordered both snowflake background stamps and another stamp set from this release. 😉

  10. I love them all! I think it might be time to break out of the usual A2 size. Thanks for the inspiration, Yana!

  11. They are fabulous, it’s funny because this year I’ve been making Tall cards for Christmas too, they are fun to do and so different. 🎄🎄🎄

  12. Yana, I love these gorgeous Christmas cards. The stamp set is lovely. I must try long cards, I really like the look. Thanks for sharing x

  13. You sound like me, I don’t need that many cards or even stamps…they make me happy and are my therapy/stress relief.

  14. I am so with you…
    "I make cards because, making them, makes me happy" – Yana Smakula. My new favourite quote to be put up in my craft room. Greetings from South Africa xx

  15. This season I am OBSESSED with tall and skinny cards! I just bought a tone of #10 Envelopes for this reason. There is something so fun about trying to come up with ideas that will fill a long and thin card. Love these!

  16. I love your cards, because they are not the usual size card, and because they are very creative scenes. The cards are beautiful. I would be happy to receive a card like these. And I would also like sending cards like these to send to family and friends. Thank you.

  17. Super clever cards! It’s fun to see such a good use of vertical space, especially with a stamp kit so packed with scene building images. It was a smart and creative way to get the most from that set. Thanks as always for sharing and inspiring!

  18. I love these Yana! Can’t wait to get my kit! Only wish I could afford those great add ons! You really do inspire! Thank you! 💕🙋‍♀️

  19. Love your cards & the size… it's always a nice idea to donate the cards that you don't want/need to send to an elderly home… there are many "forgotten" people there that need a little lift. ( or a hospital). Like you I craft to relax/destress after work.

  20. these are all so stunning!!! LOVE the tall and skinny shapes!! LOVE the ink blending and the coloring, just everything!! gorgeous, incredible and stunning cards!

  21. Send your cards to the local senior center. It’ll be a great way to spread the love with tour beautiful cards. (Plus it’s an excuse to make more cards!) LOL

  22. I love tall and skinny cards, so it made me very happy to watch your lovely creations come to life. I think the last card is my favorite, just lovely!

  23. Yana this is a good group of Cards for Christmas…so festive and colorful and love the snowflakes and beautiful blue background and even though you have lots of elements it doesn't seem busy. It all falls into place beautifully……thanks Yana

  24. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE these cards Yana!!! Thanks for sharing your time and creativity with us, you’re cards are always gorgeous!!!💝

  25. I can't tell you the number of times that I have admitted that making cards is my sanity, too. It's such a wonderful release from anxiety and I thoroughly enjoy your cards and videos and have been inspired to continue with my hobby. Glad you are making and sharing cards because you like to do so.

  26. You spoke my sentiments exactly. I have cards everywhere and usually give them away for gifts. But I love to spend time in my craft room piddling and trying new ideas. Thanks for your inspiration and for making me feel like I’m not the only one that makes cards for no reason other than I love to do it.

  27. I am curious as to how you came to make long and tall Christmas cards. Does this stamp set lend itself better to this format size? Or was it just a fun and different challenge for you? It is obvious that you have much experience in card making. I am just learning and so I want to understand your thought process. I truly enjoyed watching you make these cards. This is my first video on Christmas cards this year!

  28. Yana I absolutely adore these cards, you’ve not only stepped out of the box on the size but you’ve really put the time and effort into these scenes to make them so special, another great video!

  29. Beautiful and making cards the same size all the time is ok but making them a bigger size is a lovely surprise for who ever you’re giving it to. Card making is a lovely hobby. It takes me away from reality and it’s very therapeutic!

  30. LOVE them Yana.  It's wonderful to see large and beautiful cards especially with your magic touch to them.  Thanks for sharing.  I don't have this set, but I'm glad you reminded me about tall and skinny cards.  I made a few a couple of years back and forgot all about it again.  Thanks for getting me enthusiastic about these again.  I love making "story" cards too.

  31. I love to make a ton of cards, even though i don't really them ^^ But like, making them makes me happy and relaxed so hey why not? ^^ These tall cards are truly gorgeous, I especially love the dark blue skies, and all the images combined together to create fabulous little scenes!

  32. This is my favorite set of dies and stamps for Christmas. I bought this set after seeing all the wonderful videos of it.

  33. Your are cards so soooo beautiful, I love them all…I love making cards for the same reason as you it makes me happy and therapeutic and I love creating them..
    I just received my Oct 2018 kit and can't wait to start playing with them, this kit has so many possibilties …tfs Yana

  34. Hi Yana! I am also making some tall cards for Christmas. I send my cards to veteran hospitals and childrens hospitals. Tfs

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